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Spoken word event Sept. 30 to highlight mass incarceration

On September 30, Volunteers of America of Indiana and Mariah Ivey will host an open mic night called "Convicted, Not Condemned." This night of song, poetry, and art will provide an opportunity for individuals to share their stories of incarceration, reentry, and liberation. Featured spoken word artists include Theon Lee, Allison Victoria, and Voice. Visual artist Deonna Craig will also create a painting (live) during the event. DJ Lady Shay and Trebles Clef will provide music.

The event will take place at Our Restaurant, 3469 N College Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46205. Doors open at 7 pm and there's a $5 cover charge.

The funds raised by this event will support the Second Chance Mentoring Program at Volunteers of America of Indiana. Its mission is to provide the best possible tools and resources for those re-entering society after serving time in prison or jail.

About Mariah Ivey: As a spoken word artist, emcee, and vocalist, Mariah is commonly known for her authentic lyricism, live performances, eclectic dress, and community involvement. She is involved with socially conscious, neo-soul, hip-hop and spiritual communities and advocates inner-peace, self-love, economic power, and challenges the social norms of society. She's had the opportunity to perform and feature her work through various outlets such as The Indy Star, Just Women Magazine, WISHTV-8, Indy News, colleges and universities, and her most recent endeavor the "Art is LIFE East Coast Tour".

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